Tanner Foust's near-disaster Hot Wheels jump – Click above to watch the video after the break

If you were tuned in to the Indy 500 this year, you probably saw Tanner Foust, also known as the rather ambiguous Yellow Driver, set a new world record by flying 332 feet through the air from ramp-to-ramp in a custom-made pickup truck. This Hot Wheels-sponsored event was a pretty spectacular feat, and it went off without a hitch.

Well, at least the actual, official record-setting jump went off without a hitch.

As you'll see in the video after the break, not all of Foust's practice runs were nailed with such grace and perfection. As a matter of fact, at least one of them nearly sent both truck and driver end-over-end. We'd say equal parts of luck, driver skill and safety precautions ended up keeping Foust and the specially prepared truck from an impromptu test of the roll cage.

See for yourself in the video after the break.



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      Ducman69
      • 4 Years Ago
      What we just witnessed here is not a near disaster, but an absolute masterpiece of suspension technology at work! Not only did it not simply break with so much force and momentum on one joint, but it absorbed the shock and immediately settled and despite the seemingly high CG just stays flat as Kiera Knightley. Bravo.
      Agent55
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, it's amazing how composed those trucks are. When it literally looks like everything is about to go to hell, the truck lazily settles, drives of the side of the ramp and 'shrugs'.
      Knightrider66
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would have **** my pants big time - well held my good man...
      Brian Madigan
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why did you lift??? I'd rather overshoot the landing by a wee bit than over-rotate. The 'facility' should get some high speed cameras. Slow-motion is no good unless you have at least 400 fps. I do like the air filter sticking out of the dash though. That's super hot.
      chisss001
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's scrary but how is that cameraman at the end just standing there like nothing is happening when the car is coming towards him "out of control"?
        rygar
        • 4 Years Ago
        @chisss001
        I think he was too busy involuntarily evacuating his bowels to move.
      BipDBo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Serious skills.
      Reggie
      • 4 Years Ago
      anyone else notice the HWTF on the side of the vehicle...bet it stood for "HOLY WHAT THE ****" when he nearly wrecked it :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      JR
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder if tapping the brakes would stop the over-rotation...like the motocross guys do.
        WillieD
        • 4 Years Ago
        @JR
        Tapping the brakes would have made him rotate even farther forward, and the truck probably would have flipped.
      ventio
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty sure its him, rather silly to attempt such a stunt without some practice. Plus they blurred his face in alot of the promotional material he is their yellow 'stig'. Gets more publicity. Nice save at the end though, could have gone very wrong very fast.
      HaterSlayer
      • 4 Years Ago
      They showed this during the crappy show they had. It's the video where he went off the side of the ramp and almost hit the camera man right?
      Jorvis
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure I'm missing some background here, but why did they blur out his face through his helmet in the video?
        pinyatapbjtime
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jorvis
        because this isn't tanner foust. it's a pawn for practice to make sure it's possible, then give the reigns to tanner foust to get the credit.
          pinyatapbjtime
          • 4 Years Ago
          @pinyatapbjtime
          i get that. i didnt know this was aired before the actual jump, which makes sense to hide who he was. hence my agreement that Mike D's point made more sense.
          Mopar Collin
          • 4 Years Ago
          @pinyatapbjtime
          First off, Mike is correct, they blurred out the drivers face beforehand to make it a surprise, but who cares if it wasn't Foust on this particular run? He was the one who did the final jump, and I'm sure he did plenty of practice one before that.
        Mike D
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jorvis
        It was blurred out because this video was actually aired during the special leading up to the jump. They were doing this whole unidentified stunt driver thing and didn't want to reveal the drivers identity until AFTER the jump when he took his helmet off.
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